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NFT: Just got out of the hospital yesterday after 7 days

montanagiant : 10/23/2020 6:47 pm
Due to a bad case of Staph infection on my right leg.
I have never seen something spread so quickly and so far in just a few days. Woke up Monday before last with a bad headache (never get headaches) sore back muscles, and chills that lasted over an hour. Had a minor irritation on my upper thigh that looked like a spider bite but I figured I had COVID so I set up a test that same day.

By that night the irritation had spread about 4 inches to above my knee but I did not think much of it. The next day I got negative results back for the COVID test and the irritation in m leg was below the knee now. Went to ER and they did an Ultrasound for blood clots that came back negative but my blood work had high levels of white blood cells. So they IV'ed some strong antibiotics and told me to watch it closely. The next day it was all the way down to my ankles and covered the back of my calf. It also started oozing at this point from multiples areas on my lower leg. They admitted me to the hospital at this point and pounded it with antibiotics

At its worse, it covered about 35% of my leg and was excruciating in its pain. I have never seen in my life something that spread and became that bad in such little time.

Just a heads up, Do not mess around with anything you think is a possible skin infection. I was lucky in that it was surface only and did not develop any abscesses but this was seriously scary shit. Look your skin over and don't ignore any cuts or scratches
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Glad you're feeling better Montana and thanks for the  
Blue21 : 10/23/2020 7:26 pm : link
heads up and information
Sorry to hear that, I'm glad you are doing better  
steve in ky : 10/23/2020 7:31 pm : link
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Glad you're feeling better.  
Dave in Hoboken : 10/23/2020 7:34 pm : link
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Wow, scary, glad you are OK  
DonQuixote : 10/23/2020 7:34 pm : link
and super glad you didn't have one of the multiply resistant Staphs...
Man....glad you're ok, dude....  
rnargi : 10/23/2020 7:35 pm : link
Scary stuff
It Is Scary and Good Advice  
Percy : 10/23/2020 7:43 pm : link
What did they give you to kill off the infection? How quickly did it work for you?
scary shit  
Producer : 10/23/2020 7:45 pm : link
glad you're ok!
wow sorry to hear but glad you're  
JCin332 : 10/23/2020 7:53 pm : link
feeling better!!

...thanks for sharing the story and lesson learned...
Glad your better.  
Bill L : 10/23/2020 7:57 pm : link
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Glad you’re ok  
eric2425ny : 10/23/2020 8:02 pm : link
Staph is no joke. Isn’t that what happened in the Bucs locker room when Tynes was there?
Sorry....My Daugther a charge nurse in ICU  
George from PA : 10/23/2020 8:03 pm : link
Told me with the way we are all.living....our immune system is getting weaker...her doctors are.concern we will have a hard time.fighting infection
Get well.  
Route 9 : 10/23/2020 8:49 pm : link
Need more people to clash with on here. Get ready for more battles.
That..  
FatMan in Charlotte : 10/23/2020 8:51 pm : link
sounds like some scary shit!! Glad you are OK
RE: It Is Scary and Good Advice  
montanagiant : 10/23/2020 9:02 pm : link
In comment 15022668 Percy said:
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What did they give you to kill off the infection? How quickly did it work for you?

They have me on Linezolid, Vancomycin, Amoxicillin now at home, all oral
During the Hospital stay, they pounded it with Vancomycin, Linezolid, and Oritavancin via IV,

They also gave me Gabapentin for nerve pain because I would get these shooting explosions of pain every couple of minutes that would radiate up the whole leg. The pain was so bad at one point that they were giving me Dilaudid every 4 hours for 2 days, then dropped it down to Percocet.

I'm going to upload some pics from when it was at its peak to photobucket tomorrow
RE: Glad you’re ok  
Greg from LI : 10/23/2020 9:46 pm : link
In comment 15022685 eric2425ny said:
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Staph is no joke. Isn’t that what happened in the Bucs locker room when Tynes was there?


That was MRSA, which is very similar to staph but even more dangerous. It is resistant to antibiotics and very difficult to get rid of.

My son got a nasty staph infection a couple of years ago when he fractured his wrist and a cut was not treated properly before the cast was put on. Landed him in intensive care for a week. Bad stuff.
Rest up Montana  
Pete in CO : 10/23/2020 9:51 pm : link
...and thanks for sharing your story. Glad the worst is past for you.
Glad you're ok dude.  
Mike from SI : 10/23/2020 9:52 pm : link
Welcome back!
Glad you’re on the mend...  
trueblueinpw : 10/23/2020 10:01 pm : link
Nothing more important than health. Nothing.
Glad to hear you’re better Montanagiant  
SomeFan : 10/23/2020 10:08 pm : link
That sounds like a harrowing ordeal.
Wow, Montana, that is insane  
MadPlaid : 10/23/2020 10:10 pm : link
I'm really glad you are doing better now, and nothing more serious came of it. 2020 is just the worst.
RE: RE: Glad you’re ok  
FatMan in Charlotte : 10/23/2020 11:19 pm : link
In comment 15022770 Greg from LI said:
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In comment 15022685 eric2425ny said:


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Staph is no joke. Isn’t that what happened in the Bucs locker room when Tynes was there?



That was MRSA, which is very similar to staph but even more dangerous. It is resistant to antibiotics and very difficult to get rid of.

My son got a nasty staph infection a couple of years ago when he fractured his wrist and a cut was not treated properly before the cast was put on. Landed him in intensive care for a week. Bad stuff.


When my son was 7, he had MRSA and it traveled to his wrist in the bone. Luckily it was below the growth plate. They drilled into the bone and removed the MRSA, put him on antibiotics and he ended up being OK.

But it was scary shit
Holy shit  
Pork Chop : 10/24/2020 12:07 am : link
I was in the ER on Monday with a infection in my leg. It was celuitis, and my regular doctor told me to go to the ER and get antibiotics. Under control now.
Same thing  
jtfuoco : 10/24/2020 2:27 am : link
Almost identical happen to me back in Aug I thought I had a Spider bite on my upper leg as well then I was convinced I had COVID when the fever and chills kicked in. I thought I was going to the Dr in to just get some medicine and come back home next thing I know I am in the hospital for 6 Days.
RE: Same thing  
montanagiant : 10/24/2020 2:31 am : link
In comment 15022843 jtfuoco said:
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Almost identical happen to me back in Aug I thought I had a Spider bite on my upper leg as well then I was convinced I had COVID when the fever and chills kicked in. I thought I was going to the Dr in to just get some medicine and come back home next thing I know I am in the hospital for 6 Days.

Yup, The chills were brutal. Couldn't even use the computer because I was shaking so badly. 2 sweatshirts and a blanket did nothing.
That’s so scary  
jpkmets : 10/24/2020 2:50 am : link
Had MRSA in an incision I needed for compartment syndrome. Scary as shit. Did they end up giving you vancomycin ? That finally worked. Made me itch like crazy. Such a tough experience. I am glad you are through it!
Greg in LI  
BlueLou'sBack : 10/24/2020 4:21 am : link
MRSA isn't simply "similar to staph". It IS STAPH, a specialized resistant (to antibiotics) Staph Aureus.
The MR stands for "methicilin resistant."

Montana you might have had MRSA too, or some very, very similar bug, and thats why you needed a whole antibiotic smorgasboard of treatment.

Thank God you're OK now.
Let me join the rest  
Giant John : 10/24/2020 6:58 am : link
Glad you’re recovering.
Yep, not the 1st time I have  
section125 : 10/24/2020 7:05 am : link
heard that exact scenario. I had a sailor get it on his upper thigh. Luckily we were on the US coast and he was sent to the ER by the 1st Officer. Poor guy spent 2 months in the hospital and they had to open the "wound" and let it heal inside out. He had a gash about 8 inches that was packed with gauze...
Yes, it started as a little white head pimple that looked like a spider bite and three days later he was in the ER.
That fucking sucks  
adamg : 10/24/2020 7:22 am : link
Glad you're feeling better.
Bobby horrified  
RetroJint : 10/24/2020 7:51 am : link
to read this but relieved they got it under control . I know a guy who almost had his leg amputated this summer because id raging staph. He finally responded to the last drug the doctors had for him .

Need you around to help us find our way out of this benighted era of Giants football . Will heed the advice .

Wow  
crick n NC : 10/24/2020 8:34 am : link
Thanks for sharing, I am glad everything is ok.
Staph is nothing to mess with.  
Bubba : 10/24/2020 8:54 am : link
Several years ago my oldest son nearly lost his hand due to staph. Caught it soon enough but in addition to aggressive IV antibiotics still needed surgery.
Glad you are OK. Stay well.
FYI..Additionally the infectious disease doctor  
Bubba : 10/24/2020 8:59 am : link
put the whole house hold in antibiotics for a week as a precaution.
MRSA IS staph.  
rmc3981 : 10/24/2020 10:17 am : link
Regular staph aureus is MSSA(Methicillin sensitive staph aureus).. MRSA just means methicillin resistant staph aureus. Usually, much harder to treat and some strains do not respond or orals like Ciprofloxin and IV's (Vancomycin etc0 are the only way to eradicate it.
Montana...  
rmc3981 : 10/24/2020 10:19 am : link
glad you're feeling and doing better.
Also...  
rmc3981 : 10/24/2020 10:20 am : link
sorry for being redundant Lou. I did not see your comment.
Uploaded to Flickr  
montanagiant : 10/24/2020 11:15 am : link
The bottom right pic was the morning of the 2nd day. The middle pic in 2nd row was the worse of it and was the morning of day 4

The top first 3 picks are today.

I am still amazed at how it went from barely there to this sucks so quickly.

I don't think you need a P-word, but if so let me know


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RE: Greg in LI  
montanagiant : 10/24/2020 11:18 am : link
In comment 15022860 BlueLou'sBack said:
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MRSA isn't simply "similar to staph". It IS STAPH, a specialized resistant (to antibiotics) Staph Aureus.
The MR stands for "methicilin resistant."

Montana you might have had MRSA too, or some very, very similar bug, and thats why you needed a whole antibiotic smorgasboard of treatment.

Thank God you're OK now.
Yeah on the discharge papers it said something about possible MRSA but they weren't sure
RE: That’s so scary  
montanagiant : 10/24/2020 11:20 am : link
In comment 15022845 jpkmets said:
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Had MRSA in an incision I needed for compartment syndrome. Scary as shit. Did they end up giving you vancomycin ? That finally worked. Made me itch like crazy. Such a tough experience. I am glad you are through it!

Yeah they pounded me with that via IV and I am taking it at home as we speak
RE: Also...  
BlueLou'sBack : 10/24/2020 11:38 am : link
In comment 15022984 rmc3981 said:
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sorry for being redundant Lou. I did not see your comment.


No worries, Ronnie?

Too much or even redundant medical info isn't so much a burden as a necessity, in THIS country anyway...

When I had a minor skin infection several months ago, I had no medical insurance here so paid my way into a local urgent care clinic, one linked to CVS. I had already photoed it and sent pictures and a description of its two-three day history to my PC physician in Israel, and he gave me a prescription of a high oral dose of Ciproflaxin or something rather high grade, for oral antibiotic.

But of course the pharmacy won't fulfill a scrip from a foreign doc, so I went to the clinic nurse. She would not approve the same antibiotic, and gave me IIRC Amoxicillin instead at 500 (mg?) twice daily for a week.

It worked fine after several days, but my personal doc was pissed off about the system here.


I was lucky it WASN'T MRSA, but rather a more mundane Staph strain.
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jpkmets : 10/24/2020 12:32 pm : link
In comment 15023036 montanagiant said:
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In comment 15022845 jpkmets said:


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Had MRSA in an incision I needed for compartment syndrome. Scary as shit. Did they end up giving you vancomycin ? That finally worked. Made me itch like crazy. Such a tough experience. I am glad you are through it!


Yeah they pounded me with that via IV and I am taking it at home as we speak


Scared the shit out of me at first. There’s a specific side effect of
IV vancomycin called “Red Man Syndrome”. It happened to me and I thought I was having anaphylaxis and man, it was a capper on a bad week. Calmed down with a fuckton of Benadryl though. And then it finally got rid of the infection. Glad you are through the worst!
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man -- that's a hec of a scary story  
gidiefor : Mod : 10/24/2020 1:23 pm : link
glad you are on the mend
RE: Uploaded to Flickr  
DonQuixote : 10/24/2020 2:31 pm : link
In comment 15023030 montanagiant said:
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The bottom right pic was the morning of the 2nd day. The middle pic in 2nd row was the worse of it and was the morning of day 4

The top first 3 picks are today.

I am still amazed at how it went from barely there to this sucks so quickly.

I don't think you need a P-word, but if so let me know
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Jeez montana, that looks incredibly painful. I am so glad it's not MRSA or vancomycin resistant especially. Best to you, DQ
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montanagiant : 10/24/2020 3:04 pm : link
In comment 15023298 DonQuixote said:
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In comment 15023030 montanagiant said:


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The bottom right pic was the morning of the 2nd day. The middle pic in 2nd row was the worse of it and was the morning of day 4

The top first 3 picks are today.

I am still amazed at how it went from barely there to this sucks so quickly.

I don't think you need a P-word, but if so let me know
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Jeez montana, that looks incredibly painful. I am so glad it's not MRSA or vancomycin resistant especially. Best to you, DQ

It sucks DQ.
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Percy : 10/24/2020 3:58 pm : link
In comment 15022734 montanagiant said:
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In comment 15022668 Percy said:


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What did they give you to kill off the infection? How quickly did it work for you?


They have me on Linezolid, Vancomycin, Amoxicillin now at home, all oral
During the Hospital stay, they pounded it with Vancomycin, Linezolid, and Oritavancin via IV,

They also gave me Gabapentin for nerve pain because I would get these shooting explosions of pain every couple of minutes that would radiate up the whole leg. The pain was so bad at one point that they were giving me Dilaudid every 4 hours for 2 days, then dropped it down to Percocet.

I'm going to upload some pics from when it was at its peak to photobucket tomorrow

Thanks. Late getting back to this, but good to know. Man, they really piled it into you! But it worked. The pain reliever info is especially useful -- sorry it took so long to give you relief. Perco, two decades ago after an open procedure to repair my aorta, which was pretty painful afterwards for weeks, worked for me. Addiction is to be feared, so one has to watch how much and how often one is using it. Still take Gabapentin after all these years for the nerve pain, which sort of stayed with me.
glad to hear  
bc4life : 10/25/2020 10:36 am : link
you are better
RE: Same thing  
montanagiant : 10/25/2020 3:25 pm : link
In comment 15022843 jtfuoco said:
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Almost identical happen to me back in Aug I thought I had a Spider bite on my upper leg as well then I was convinced I had COVID when the fever and chills kicked in. I thought I was going to the Dr in to just get some medicine and come back home next thing I know I am in the hospital for 6 Days.

\It's weird how it always seems to start on the upper legs. When I first met my Dr she even asked if it was an irritation on my upper leg because it's such a common starting point
RE: Yep, not the 1st time I have  
montanagiant : 10/25/2020 3:26 pm : link
In comment 15022879 section125 said:
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heard that exact scenario. I had a sailor get it on his upper thigh. Luckily we were on the US coast and he was sent to the ER by the 1st Officer. Poor guy spent 2 months in the hospital and they had to open the "wound" and let it heal inside out. He had a gash about 8 inches that was packed with gauze...
Yes, it started as a little white head pimple that looked like a spider bite and three days later he was in the ER.

The upper leg seems to be very common as a starting point
Wow, that sucks.  
Britt in VA : 10/25/2020 3:55 pm : link
Glad to hear you are better.
Scary stuff  
TyreeHelmet : 10/26/2020 10:17 am : link
Glad you are feeling better. I went through a similiar situation with MRSA years ago. Had the bad reaction to Vanco as well- shows you how strong that stuff is. My major takeaway from the ordeal is to listen to your body. It will usually tell something is wrong and you can't wait to seek medical treatment. Also try to find the best hospital you can because the difference in the quality of the care across hospitals is vast.

I'm not sure this will help but I also have tried to avoid taking any antiobiotics since I had it.
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